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ISRAEL: Water supply to West Bank Palestinians increased, not decreased


Contrary to mainstream media reports, Israel has increased the water flow to Palestinians in the evening, when its demand is particularly higher after the Ramadan fast.



Israel on Thursday dismissed Palestinian charges that it had cut the water supply to West Bank Palestinians, explaining that a broken water pipe had caused a temporary shortage.

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Israel Increases Water Supply to West Bank, Jordan & Gaza

Israel’s national water authority says ability now exists to double the amount supplied to Gaza, with water supplies to Palestinian West Bank and Jordan to substantially increase as well.

By Ilana Curiel


Israel’s national water company Mekorot, in accordance with the Water Authority’s guidelines, recently doubled its water supply to the Gaza Strip by 5 million cubic meters. The annual supply will now amount to 10 million cubic meters of water.

Palestinian woman carrying water in the Gaza Strip. – Photo: Reuters


The new water supply of 5 million cubic meters to the Gaza Strip will come from two sources including the Nahal Oz pipeline in the south and an older line in the Kissufim area that provides water to the center of the Strip. Continue Reading »

Israeli 7th-Graders’ Water-Filtering Breakthrough Wanted by National Water Authority


Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, is studying the 13 yr-old students’ technique as a water-filtering solution for developing countries.

By Dan Lavie


A group of seventh-grade students from a school in central Israel has made a unique breakthrough in water-filtering technology by using tire crumbs, ground pieces of rubber made from scrap car and truck tires.

The Harel School students

The 13-year-old students from the Harel School in Lod have registered their patent in the U.S., and now Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, is interested in their innovative technique as a water-filtering solution for developing countries.

“Tire crumbs are surprisingly effective in their role as a filter,” one of the students said.

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Analysis: Why end of Israel’s water shortage is not publicized


After years of drought and years of being told to conserve ‘every drop’, times have changed: Today, Israel has so much affordable water, Jerusalem can offer it for export. So why is this achievement being kept so secret?


In ancient times and even during the years of the British Mandate (1917-1948), the shortage of water in Palestine, as well as among its neighbors in the Middle East, had a decisive influence not only on the area’s economic development, but also on the political strife between Jews and Arabs. Technology has changed all this. Now, the ability to produce all the water that’s needed, whether for human consumption or for agriculture, may soon change our way of life and perhaps even, if our neighbors agree, bring peace closer. Continue Reading »

Dutch Prime Minister Rejects Water Company’s Israel Boycott

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte opposes Vitens, a local water company’s decision to boycott its Israeli counterpart, says boycott is against the Netherlands gov’t policy.

By Elad Benari


Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has rejected a local water company’s boycott of its Israeli counterpart, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, Rutte spoke with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and clarified that the decision by Vitens, a Dutch water company, to cut ties with its Israeli counterpart Mekorot is inconsistent with government policy.

Rutte reportedly clarified that Vitens would continue to work with Mekorot.

The reason cited for last week’s decision was Mekorot’s presence in areas located beyond the 1949 Armistice lines. Continue Reading »

Dutch Water Company Kills Deal with Israel After UK Threat

Vitens water provider cuts ties with Israeli water company Mekorot over UK objections to presence in Judea & Samaria.

The British gov’t sent letter of warning against business involvement.

By Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva Staff


Vitens, the largest drinking water company in Holland, announced on Tuesday it would cut business ties with the Israeli water company Mekorot due to its presence in Judea and Samaria. Meanwhile the British government has similarly raised tensions with Israel through financial sanctions.

The announcement by Vitens, published by the company’s management, noted that the decision was reached after consultation with Holland’s Foreign Ministry. Continue Reading »

1 killed, 10 injured in explosion at drilling site

Pipe explodes at Mekorot drilling site, releasing toxic chemicals; one person in critical condition, four are seriously wounded; residents in the area are not in any danger, Environmental Ministry says; Highway 90 closed.




One person was killed and ten were injured on Monday when a pipe of flowing hydrochloric acid exploded at a drilling installation near Ein Yahav in the Arava region of the South.

Magen David Adom ambulances - Photo: Reuters

Magen David Adom ambulances - Photo: Reuters

The injured were evacuated by helicopters and ambulances to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba. One person was in critical condition, four in serious condition, and five others were lightly injured. Continue Reading »